Uproar over prostitutes

2012-11-07 00:00

RESIDENTS of an upmarket suburb in Port Shepstone have complained bitterly about dozens of prostitutes soliciting in their area.

The Witness saw first hand yesterday how top local businessmen, security company staff and drivers of luxury cars were picking up the women in a Port Shepstone neighbourhood.

Two residents who live in Link Road, just off Rethman Drive, which comes off the N2 toll road, said prostitution had always been a problem in the area, but it was now rife.

Seetha da Silva, who lives in nearby Panorama Place on top of a hill, has a bird’s eye view of what is going on.

“It is just crazy. From my bedroom window, if you use a camera that can zoom in, you will not believe what you can see from here.

“Some of the most prominent businessmen in town are implicated in this prostitution story that goes on here all day, every day.

“I know this because of personalised number plates and because I have photographed some of them,” said Da Silva.

She said the girls arrive at around 4.45 am and stay most of the day.

“I have an exclusive business and work from home. So sometimes clients arrive here and tell me they see women lifting up their skirts at them. It is getting out of hand and very embarrassing.

“It is also getting worse in the sense that I have now noticed these girls have male pimps who bring them lunch in polystyrene boxes.”

Da Silva’s neighbour in Link Road, Narusha Perumal, said she intentionally paid this month’s rates bill late.

“I did this and attached a note asking why I should pay my rates to live in a red light district,” said Perumal, who is married to a gynaecologist in the town.

She claimed there were up to 20 “very cheeky” prostitutes plying their trade on her road.

“I leave at around 7 am to take my son to school and the girls, aged around their early 20s to 30s, are in my road and around the bushes.

“When I open the window to tell them I am going to call the police, they laugh in my face,” said Perumal.

She said men using the prostitutes included security company drivers, owners of fancy cars and local businessmen.

Perumal said the prostitutes were around all day and she had even seen what she believes to be pimps with them.

Both Da Silva and Perumal have appealed to the police to get the women off the street and to clear the bushes they hide in.

Hibiscus Coast Municipality asked for more time to comment when approached.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid promised to take action.

“The matter has been brought to the attention of the acting station commander and we will conduct the necessary investigations, and take the necessary action.”

• Any complaints can also be directed to the sector commander, Captain Cecil Kodi, at 082 333 8236.

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